Festive opening: Saturday 13 May, 1 – 6 pm
Exhibition on display from 13 May – 25 June,
Open Friday – Saturday – Sunday 11 am – 5 pm, or by appointment.
Trust me, I’m an artist is group an exhibition of nine artists whose artworks involve gene editing, human tissue culture, the commons of nuclear materials, trans-species communications, the smuggling of biomaterials across continents and the relation between rituals of self healing and personalised medicine.
Can art help us understand the ethical complexities of emerging (bio)technologies? Are artists able to uncover our hidden desires and demystify the promises emerging technologies represent? Are living artworks allowed and is art allowed to alter life?
These are but a few questions that are raised by the art works commissioned and presented in the European project Trust me, I’m an artist.
The exhibition opens on May 13, 2017 at 1 pm at Zone2Source’s Het Glazen Huis in the Amstelpark.
1 – 2 pm: Walking lunch and welcome
2 – 4 pm: Statements and discussion
4 – 6 pm: Official opening and drinks
Before the festive opening of the exhibition an important discussion is organised to understand the legacy of Trust me, I’m an artist. All present artists will make a statement about their artworks in the frame of Trust me, I’m an artist. After this a moderated discussion will take place between the public, the artists, the curators and invited guests about the relationship between society, ethics, arts and the roles of individuals and institutions involved – during the project and beyond.
Minutes of the discussion will be published and are meant to create a new agenda for the possible continuation of the project and to understand the possible new form wherein Trust me, I’m an artist as a collaboration will be sustained.
Bringing ethics closer to the public
In daily life decisions about ethics provoked by technology are taken by experts, far from the general public. Trust me, I’m an artist selects artists that bring these ethics closer to the public through their artistic practice. Doing so these artworks help to create as if it were a commons of techno-ethics.
This exhibition shows the artworks that are the result of a series of performative events that took place between 2015 till 2017. During these events artists proposed and presented an ethically complex artwork to a specially formed ethics committee. While following the rules and procedures typical for the host country, the ethics committee would debate the proposal and come to a decision. During the performance the artist is informed of the ethics committee’s decision and, together with the audience, enters into a discussion about the result. Find out more about this project here.
About the artists
The artists and collaborators are Martin O’Brien (GB), Gina Czarnecki (GB) & John Hunt (GB), Anna Dumitriu (GB), Špela Petrič (SLO), Jennifer Willet (CAN) & Kira O’Reilly (GB/FIN) and Howard Boland (GB), Erich Berger (AT/FIN) & Mari Keto (FIN). The artworks are in part commissioned by the projects Trust me, I’m an artist, except for those of Erich Berger & Mari Keto and Howard Boland.
The exhibition is curated by Anna Dumitriu and Lucas Evers and the project partners Nicola Triscott, Louise Emma Whiteley, Jurij Krpan.
The exhibition of Trust me I’m an artist will take place at Zone2Source’s Het Glazen Huis in the Amstelpark, a former exhibition site of Floriade of 1972. Floriade is the Netherlands world horticulture exhibition held once every decade. Zone2Source builds on that legacy by developing art projects in the park that oscillate between nature and technology, creating a context for Trust me I’m an artist.